Ava has been doing a lot of new things lately. She’s making leaps in her cognitive abilities and motor skills. For example, Ava has become very attached to this glowworm. She’s a little teary in the picture because she cries if you don’t immediately go to her after her nap.
When Ava is being fed and she’s tired, she rubs her eyes, grabs the top of her head, and slides her hand down her face. Since her hand is usually filled with food, she transfers the food to her head. I like to think of it as Ava creating a moisturizing avocado mask for herself.
This part is mostly for me to remember, but if anyone is curious feel free to read. I’ve been giving Ava small bits of our food. She loves tzitziki sauce. She’s also eaten small bits of scrambled eggs, salmon, and soup. I need to wait on giving her soup again because she’s not good at slurping. Today I made a blueberry puree and she loved it so much she burst into tears when I didn’t give it to her fast enough. I also made a carrot and fava bean puree, which she liked. The carrot and zucchini puree was too runny. The blueberries can be added to her yogurt because she’s getting bored with eating yogurt. She was willing to eat yogurt with hummus, but we think the hummus might be causing her to poop too much.
Ava is such a happy baby. She smiles when she sees the three people in her inner circle: me, Jon, and her nanny.
She’s starting to develop a fear of strangers (or people she only sees about once a month). We took her to a celebration for the birth of Baha’u'llah a few weeks ago and she cried when anyone but Jon and I tried to hold her. She broke a lot of hearts that day because before that, she would let anyone hold and cuddle her.
Ava is very tough. She’s been pounding her arms and legs. She’s especially active when I’m nursing her to sleep. I have to pin her arm down or she’ll hit her head. Some of the literature says it’s a soothing ritual. A few weeks ago she would also pull her hair, but she seems to have stopped doing that. I’m so glad that was a short phase because her hair is really starting to grow and soon she’ll have more than a few stray hairs to grab. I’m wondering if the pounding is related to Ava’s new ability to move backwards when she’s laying on her back.
Ava has been doing a lip smacking thing that is very cute. She sucks her lips in over her gums and smacks her lips together about four times. She’s also continuing to experiment with her tongue. Sometimes she won’t let us feed her in the morning because her tongue is blocking the way.
Utah is starting to get very cold so I’ve been putting Ava in two onsies. The conventional way is to have a short-sleeve shirt first and then a long-sleeve shirt. I prefer the reverse way because it means I only have to take off the top layer and then put pajamas on Ava for bed. Plus, she looks like a cool hipster this way. Have I mentioned lately how much I love stripes?